§ Mr. Alton
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received about the registration of chiropodists; how many practising chiropodists are(a) unregistered and (b) registered; and what checks are made on unregistered chiropodists working in private homes for the aged and other institutions outside the National Health Service.
§ Mr. Mellor
Over the last 12 months my right hon. and learned Friend has received a number of letters on this matter from members of the public and hon. Members writing on behalf of their constituents.
I understand that the Council for the Professions Allied to Medicine, which maintains the state register, does not hold details of chiropodists practising in the profession. Information on unregistered practitioners is not held centrally. It is for the registration authorities for homes to 30W decide how they carry out their registration inspection duties for this aspect of a home, as with many other aspects of a home.